HMS Industrial Networks acquires IXXAT

  • February 01, 2013
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February 1, 2013 - HMS Industrial Networks acquired IXXAT Automation – a leading supplier of communication technology for industrial automation, machine manufacturing and the automotive industry. IXXAT was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Weingarten, Germany.

While IXXAT is known as a leading supplier of CAN-based as well as EtherCAT, Powerlink and FlexRay communication technology, HMS has a leading position in the Profibus/Profinet and DeviceNet/EtherNet/IP markets. Together, the two companies will have the most complete and competitive offer of communication technology for the automation markets.

“Together IXXAT and HMS will become an industrial communication group with 350 employees and sales of more than 50 million Euro – a world market leader in our industry,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Industrial Networks AB. “IXXAT’s hi-tech products and services are great supplements to HMS’s business,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO at HMS Industrial Networks. “Their strong position especially on the German automation market will strengthen our presence in Central Europe. Together with our subsidiary in Karlsruhe, IXXAT will reinforce HMS in Germany - the world’s leading market for industrial communication solutions.” Acquisition logics IXXAT’s strong position on the important German market will widen the customer base of the HMS group and will allow cross-selling of the existing product lines. IXXAT holds a leading position in emerging functional Safety technology for automation including solutions for OpenSafety, CIP-Safety and Functional Safety over EtherCAT. In combination with HMS´s new Anybus Safety concept which is focused on PROFIsafe, the HMS group will have the most complete technology offer for functional Safety solutions. With 50 new development engineers, HMS’s overall development resources will be strengthened both when it comes to headcount and experience. The acquisition also gives HMS the opportunity to market their products towards new segments such as medical equipment and the automotive industry. HMS’s world-wide sales channels will give IXXAT access to a wider market. In addition, HMS’s experience within manufacturing and logistics will also provide opportunities for improved efficiency and profitability. IXXAT IXXAT Automation has a turnover of 14 million Euro and employs 85 people of whom 50 are product development engineers. IXXAT offers software and hardware solutions for CAN, a number of industrial Ethernet standards and IEEE 1588, FlexRay, and LIN. They also offer customized hardware components within embedded subsystems as well as complete embedded system solutions for a broad range of world-wide markets like industrial, medical, power generation and automotive. HMS Industrial Networks HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of products for industrial communication including remote management. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for connecting automation devices and systems to industrial networks under the Anybus and Netbiter brands.  

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